Illinois is setting new standards called Common-Core. Instead of having one annual standardized test they'll have two. That will let schools chart progress of each student.
Teachers will be evaluated more often and even go through re-training. Lessons will focus on real-life examples and applications rather than teaching kids how to memorize facts.
The Principal of Dee-Mack Primary/Junior High School, Michele Jacobs said it lets teachers cater more to the higher learning students than they did before.
"Really lets you look at each individual learner instead of you know, saying you know, have you thought about reteaching this aspect, instead I can also say OK, you know, have you thought about pushing these kids a little further over here and differentiate what you're doing for them?," Jacobs said.
Jacobs said Common-Core includes teaching some things earlier, so some goals and standards kids learn in first grade will now be taught in kindergarten.